In February 2017 the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent Finn Nolan to Takistan as part of a liaison team with the UN Refugee Agency. The 23 year old Junior Policy Officer had only graduated from university two years prior and felt a mixture of excitement and apprehension at the prospect of being sent to the Takistani capital of Takmyr. The assignment was only meant to last 6 months, working out of the Australian Consulate to coordinate efforts to relocate displaced families within Takistan and to identify high-risk cases for resettlement in New Zealand. Finn’s time in Takmyr was thankfully devoid of much danger, largely sticking to the government quarter of the city, though on a handful of occasions he had to accompany Senior Policy Officers to the less secure cities of Zargabad and Chalang, and to the Sharigh Plateau.
In July 2017, news of an unknown virus outbreak in Chernarus shocked the world. Takistan’s close proximity to the post-Soviet state meant that refugee camp populations were at risk of contracting the infectious disease, so the decision was made to accelerate resettlement before there was any risk of it spreading to host countries. Unfortunately, within a month the virus had crossed the Svetlaya River into Takistan, and the MFAT liaison team was left to its fate in the Australian Consulate with the decision having been made that it was too dangerous to allow flights back to New Zealand.